Review: Razer Hex V2That's a whole lot of macros...
Mice intended to be used in Mobas or MMOs are a weird thing. They often have number pads fused onto the side like Frankenstien’s monster, and as a result can be uncomfortable to use. The Razer Hex V2 manages to nail the balance of their utility and a standard mouse’s comfort, even if it is let down by one or two hitches in other departments.
Using the buttons felt natural and easy
The big difference between the Hex and other MMO/Moba mice I’ve tried (like the Roccat Nyth) is its macro button configuration. While most mice set out their macro keys in a grid along the flank, the Hex V2 has seven buttons in a ring. It’s placed perfectly for my big hands, with the thumb resting neatly in the textured centre of the circle.
The buttons are big enough for easy access, and I’ve used them for everything from quick weapon switching in Sniper Elite 3 to MMO skill selection in World of Warcraft. Their positioning meant using the buttons felt natural and easy, and I never had to search for the right button I needed.
The ring shape does come with a downside, though: fewer buttons. MMO mice can have anywhere from nine to twelve on the flank, which for some games (like MMOs with a lot of hotbar skills) is ideal. The seven buttons are fine for Mobas, as these are the games the Hex is ‘meant’ to be for, but for select other games (MMOs with lots of hotbar skills), it’ll be a struggle if you come to rely on the wheel.
The rest of the mouse features pretty great build quality. Textured plastic shell and rubber scroll wheel, braided cable, vibrant RGB LEDs, the works. The feet and weighting are just right for easy movement when you want, but no accidental cable-pushing when you let go. The left and right buttons give a nice click when pressed, but also don’t need too much effort to trigger.
It’s incredibly comfortable to hold, thanks to its ring finger groove on the right flank. Usually, I have to give new mice an adjustment period due to my hands easily cramping up, but I took to the hex very quickly.
In what is probably the biggest criticism I have of the Hex V2, responsiveness can be a bit of an issue. I have it plugged into a USB 3.0 slot and it is fully calibrated to my SteelSeries QcK Mini mouse mat through the Razer Synapse program, and still I get weird glitches every few hours where the cursor will either stop or jump across the screen. Maybe it’s a Razer device having a tantrum at being on a competitor’s surface, who knows? It’s still a tad annoying.
For the rest of those few hours, though, it was fantastically responsive and precise. I’ve played through two different Sniper Elite games with it and my accuracy has actually improved over using other mice. Obviously that’s no standardised test for anything, but still, it was nice.
I get weird glitches every few hours where the cursor will either stop or jump across the screen
The Razer Synapse program offers a lot of customisability for power-users. From 100 to 16,000 DPI (with all the DPI switch stages fully customisable), acceleration, a polling rate of up to 1000Hz, full button rebinding with eight different profiles on everything but the left click, and full Razer Chroma support for if you own other devices or have compatible games. As always it’s a robust piece of software, and the Hex V2 makes the most of it.
Razer makes a lot of mice, and there have been many questions over the years about its reliance on flair and image over making solid pieces of kit. The Hex V2 almost manages to balance the two in an impressive way. On the one hand some there are minor bugs in responsivity, and the DPI switches are easy to hit, which is a bit of a let-down. But on the other hand, it’s comfortable to hold, gives a lot of customisability, and the macro button wheel is a really clever design choice.
For the 99% of the time it works as it should, I heavily recommend the Razer Hex V2 even for people who don’t play Mobas. But considering how much use a mouse gets, that 1% of glitchiness could become an issue for the more dedicated users.
A unit of this mouse was provided by the manufacturer for the purposes of this review.